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Graduate/Professional Certificate In Gender and Women’s Studies

Aimed at students enrolled in Master’s and professional degree programs, the Graduate/Professional Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies is designed to provide students with gender expertise that they can apply in a variety of fields. The requirement of a foundational course (880, 900 or 933) provides students with grounding in the major concepts, theories and research approaches related to the study of gender and women. This foundation provides students with the necessary theoretical tools to allow them to analyze gender and its relationship with other socially meaningful categories such as class, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality in a variety of contexts. Two additional courses allow the student to deepen their empirical knowledge of women and/or gender in a specific area or areas. Choice in these courses allows the student to tailor their study to areas related to their future career or study ambitions.

The certificate in gender and women's studies at the graduate level may be earned by students enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The associate chair serves as the advisor. Interested students should meet with the associate chair early in the process to plan a course of study and to declare their intention to earn the certificate.

The requirements for the Graduate Certificate have been modified. Below are the new requirements, which will be implemented as of Fall semester 2015, and the old requirements which will apply to any student that declared the certificate prior to Fall semester 2015.

Requirements for students declaring the certificate beginning Fall semester 2015:
Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to earn the certificate at the graduate level:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • 3 courses, for a total of 9 credits of academic course work in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the 300-level or above and designated for graduate course attribute.

  • One course must be either Gen&WS 880, 900, or 933.

  • Students enrolled in courses at the 300-600 level should inform the instructor that they are taking the course for a graduate-level certificate and will complete additional readings/assignments consistent with expectations for a graduate student.

  • 6 credits must be in residence at UW–Madison. A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred from other institutions.

  • Directed study (Gen&WS 699, 799, 999) and colloquia courses may not be used toward the certificate.

  • A 3.0 grade is the minimum for courses counting toward the certificate. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (no pass/fail courses).

Requirements for students declaring the certificate prior to Fall semester 2015:
Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to earn the Certificate at the graduate level:

  • Students wishing to earn a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies need to complete a certificate declaration form well before completely the required course work. Please contact the associate chair for details and approval.

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin.

  • 15 credits of academic course work in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the 300-level or above.

  • Students enrolled in courses at the 300-600 level should inform the instructor that they are taking the course for a graduate-level certificate and will complete additional readings/assignments consistent with expectations for a graduate student.

  • 9 credits must be in residence at UW-Madison. A maximum of 6 credits may be  transferred from other institutions. (Any transferred credits must have been taken as a graduate student.  The student is responsible for assuring completion of the graduate school's minimum requirements for courses taken in residency at UW. This requirement varies dependent on degree program.)

  • 3 credits must count as humanities courses (H, Z, L).

  • 3 credits must count as social studies courses (S or Z).

  • 3 credits must count as natural or biological science (N, B W, X, or Y) or be approved by the associate chair as an acceptable health/science related course. (For the purpose of the GWS certificate, GWS 431: History of Childbirth in America (S) may be counted toward this requirement).

  • With the approval of the certificate advisor, a course external to the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies may be counted toward the certificate, provided that women and/or gender are the core focus of the course.

  • Directed study courses (GWS 699, 999) may not be used toward the certificate.

  • A 3.0 grade is the minimum for courses counting toward the certificate.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade (no pass/fail courses).

Graduate Certificate advisor

The advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies is the Associate Chair of the Department.